5th Hmong Studies Consortium International Conference

“Critical Hmong Studies: Change, Continuity, Progress”

October 24-26, 2019 | St. Catherine University

The Hmong Studies Consortium is a group of scholars with expertise on the Hmong living in the United States of America and Asia. The vision of the Hmong Studies Consortium is to bring together well established and newly emerging scholars who have an interest in Hmong transnational connections, broadly defined. For this reason, graduate students are also encouraged to participate in the conference. The primary language of the conference will be English.


Proudly sponsored and hosted by St. Catherine University.

Getting to the Conference

The campus address for St. Catherine University is 2004 Randolph Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105 

All conference activities are in Coeur de Catherine (building 3 on the campus map). 

The Threads of My Cloth performance is in Jeanne d'Arc Auditorium in Whitby Hall (building 14 on the campus map).

Conference attendees can park in the Dew Drop or O'Shaughnessy lots.

Directions to Dew Drop lot: enter the campus from Gate 3 off Randolph Ave, drive until you get to the T intersection and turn right. Follow the road until it ends in the parking area, and park in the far lot. 

Directions to The O'Shaughnessy lot: enter the campus from Gate 4 off Fairview Ave, and you'll see the lot on your left.

Please note: If you park anywhere else on campus, you may get ticketed.

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Conference attendants must secure their transportation and lodging. The conference rate is available at Radisson Blu-Mall of America, 2100 Killebrew Drive, Bloomington, Minnesota 55425. 

Make a reservation at the hotel's conference rate

Be sure to enter UNIVER as a promo code.

Conference Schedule

All keynotes, plenary sessions and meals take place in Rauenhorst Ballroom. See breakout session descriptions for locations. For schedule questions, please contact Pa Der Vang

Keynote, plenary, and performance

Breakout sessions

Conference organizers, speakers, and presenters

Thursday, October 24

8 a.m. Registration and coffee/rolls

8:45 a.m. Welcome: Consortium Leaders

9 a.m. Opening remarks: President Becky Roloff; Dean Tarshia Stanley PhD

9:15 a.m. Keynote: "Biculturalism: Navigating Two Worlds" with Calvin Yang

10 a.m. Break

10:15–11:45 a.m. Breakout session 1 

11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m. Lunch

1:15–2:45 p.m. Breakout session 2

2:45 p.m. Break

3–4:30 p.m. Breakout session 3

5 p.m. Shuttle to the hotel, Dinner on your own 

Friday, October 25

8 a.m. Coffee and rolls 

9–10:30 a.m. Breakout session 4

10:45–11:45 a.m. Keynote: “Not Everything Needs to Be Known: Theorizing Critical Hmong Studies” with Ma Vang, Ph.D.

11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m. Lunch

1:15–2:45 p.m. Breakout session 5

2:45 p.m. Break

3–4:30 p.m. Breakout session 6

4:30 p.m. Break

5 p.m.–9 p.m. Dinner/Banquet

9 p.m. Shuttle to the Hotel

Saturday, October 26

8 a.m. Coffee and rolls

9 a.m. Breakout session 7 

10:30 a.m. Break

11a.m.–12:45 p.m. Lunch and Plenary: “From Opium to Strawberry: Capitalism and Hmong People in Northern Thailand” with Urai Yangcheepsutjarit

1–2:30 p.m Threads of My Cloth performance with Danielle Ricci and Borealis Dance Theatre in Jeanne d'Arc Auditorium, Whitby

3 p.m. Shuttle to hotel

Following the conference, participants are invited to visit the Hmong Cultural Center. tour hosted by Dr. Mark Pfieffer. Transportation on your own.

Thank You to Our Community Sponsors

  • Hnub Tshiab Hmong Women Achieving Together
  • Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women
  • Dr. Mai True Lee
  • Oakwinds Clinic of Chiropractic P.A.
  • Tuchi Yang, WeCare LLC
  • WWF Friends
  • Youssef Abou-atme